Bronx Rep Pedro Espada, Anti-Toll Stalwart, Lives in Westchester

espada_baby.jpgIt’s hard to make out through the tinted glass, but Pedro Espada is holding a baby in front of his face to block the CBS2 cameras.

How’s this for windshield perspective? One of the loudest foes of a sensible MTA funding solution, Fare Hike Four member Pedro Espada, doesn’t even reside in the Bronx district that he represents. Rather than make his home in the transit dependent 33rd District, Espada lives in leafy Mamaroneck, reports Marcia Kramer of CBS2:

"He’s there a long time. Yeah, he’s there all week," neighbor Benny Protano said.

CBS 2 HD undercover video found cars registered to Espada parked in his
Mamaroneck driveway at night and again the next morning, indicating
that he slept in Mamaroneck.

Espada does own a co-op in the Bronx — at 325 East 201st St.

Members of the co-op board told CBS 2 HD that while Sen. Espada owns an apartment there he doesn’t live here.

I suppose this helps to explain why New York City’s State Senate delegation
seems so willing to saddle transit riders with half-baked schemes to
fund the MTA. The taxi surcharge to fund out-of-town roads and bridges is even starting to make sense.

More than seventy percent of the New Yorkers whom Espada purports to represent don’t own cars. That’s not how Espada rolls, however:

He also said that when he is in Albany one of his cars is "always
parked outside" Mamaroneck or the Bronx because he can only drive one
car at a time.

But during the time CBS 2 HD watched Espada’s Mamaroneck house both his cars were parked there.

This news probably isn’t going over well with voters in the 33rd, and legally speaking, Kramer reports, Espada’s choice of primary residence violates the state constitution. Still, with the State Senate’s latest toll-less transit plan alive in Albany, on balance it’s been a good day for Pedro Espada.

  • Larry Littlefield

    An old story among the Bronx political class.

    Park Drive is known as “politician row.” It is technically in the Bronx and has a Bronx address, but is cut off from the rest of the borough by Pelham Bay Park and only assessible through Pelham. And the kids attend Pelham schools.

    Espada has merely gone one step further.

    Are those who live in the city but do not need to use its public services such as the transit system really much different?

  • Doug

    “Are those who live in the city but do not need to use its public services such as the transit system really much different?”

    Yes, because they don’t have the power to vote on legislation that affects the transit-riding public.

  • J-Uptown

    Even his phone is listed publicly as being in Mamaroneck. Except it’s under his wife’s name, Connie Espada. Here is the address for those interested:

    115 Beechwood Dr
    Mamaroneck, NY 10543-1201

    Sadly, this is not surprising at all. Maybe someone will step up to run for office that is somewhat in touch with the lives of the constituents. A good start would be someone that actually lives in the district.

  • What a schmuck! Espada should be impeached.

  • Mike

    Check out this video from last year about residents of the place where he claims to live:
    http://boogiedowner.blogspot.com/2008/08/pedro-espada-jr-absentee-lout.html

  • It’s the Bronx’s Ed Jew.

  • I bet he gets re-elected.

  • vnm

    Hey Ruben Diaz Sr., listen up: Bridge users are not local Bronx residents who would suffer from the tolls. They are suburbanites going THROUGH the Bronx, offering nothing to the borough but pollution, horn honking and pedestrians risk. Even your colleague is one of them.

  • Glenn

    Quite a cast of characters these Fare Hike Four and much of the rest of Albany.

    How soon do you think the FHF will play the “victim” card?

  • How about this recent article in the Riverdale Press:

    http://riverdalepress.com/full.php?sid=8295&current_edition=2009-04-16

    State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. is looking forward to his first day in Fordham.

    “When I come back toward the tail end of the spring it’ll be my first opportunity to really be back home since my election as senator,” the lawmaker, who also represents parts of Riverdale and Kingsbridge, said Tuesday. “And the residents of the 33rd state Senate district will finally, I think, directly feel the impact of having a high-ranking, highly energized senator at work on their behalf.”

    Yet before Mr. Espada moves in to his district office at 400 E. Fordham Road, the question on the block seems to be: Pedro who?

    Not even the doorman in Mr. Espada’s new building knows the answer.

    Of the first 30 people walking past the future home of Mr. Espada’s office who spoke to The Press, only five could identify him as a lawmaker.

    Believe me, it only get more surreal the further you read the article

    He’s moving into his district office on May 1st. How about a nice protest to “celebrate” his arrival

  • This post is more poignant than ever. Espada belongs not in the Senate, but in jail.

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